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Whew! Wasn't me that broke it then...

... but if I had just posted a new chapter, I would be suspicious.  I do tend to break ff.net when I post.  

Anyway, I finished Ch. 30!! Woo hoo!

So, as I have to wait until tomorrow to post (still waiting for one of my betas, and I always wait for mark_clark  to be online so he can be the first reviewer - we have an understanding) - here comes the teaser!

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Her heels clicked on the tile floors as she made her way to the deputy mayor’s office. Every office on the floor appeared to be shut and locked up tight. You’d think this was a Friday, she thought with amusement. Turning the corner, she tried to look down the hall…
 
… And stopped short as a young blonde screeched to a halt to avoid running into her. “Excuse me,” she muttered, and tried to move past the woman. 
 
“Ms. Lane?”
 
Lois did a double take, looking more closely at the young woman’s face. Mitchener’s secretary… and on her way out it looked like… Dammit!
 
The bottle blonde continued speaking before Lois could even respond. “The deputy Mayor really liked the article you and your partner wrote the other day,” she enthused. “I think he might even get it framed.”
 
“Oh, really?” Lois affected a pleasant tone. “Mr. Mitchener was quite…” she searched for the proper word, “… impressive during our interview.” Lois continued in the same manner, trying to draw the secretary in, “You know, I tried to call earlier to see if I could snag an appointment, but I couldn’t get through…”
 
The secretary blushed. “I'm sorry... I guess I was on the phone…” She continued in a coy voice, eyelids lowered, which Lois was sure was very effective on Mitchener, “You see... there’s this guy…” 

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And on a separate note, I have 850 words done on the "Happy Couple" one shot I promised ages ago.  I keep having to set it to the side due to being busy with RL and DV... and because I get just a little embarrassed. *blush*

Comments

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sean_montgomery
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
Hey! Wait! No! You can't just stop it right there! Well, I mean I guess you can because it's a teaser... but still!

And 'there's this guy'? With this girl being a blonde, this wouldn't happen to be a Chimmy tribute, would it? Guess not. I'm sure the guy on the other end WASN'T Jimmy. *shrug*

and because I get just a little embarrassed.

*giggles*
htbthomas
Nov. 5th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
Okay, so it was a little mean, stopping it there. But Chloe? Naw. Take a look back at Ch. 18 for more on Ms. Peterson.

Yeah, embarrassed. But Kala and Maryse - see below - seemed to think it's okay... (still a little uncertain about it). We trade tidbits of our stories all the time (watch out for their infamous closet and Tylenol PM scenes in Little Secrets. They're coming soon!)
ancarett
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Yay for teasers, writing progress and the like. I'm about 600 words into the second chapter of Recovery (finally) and hope to have that out for beta-reading maybe late on Sunday.
htbthomas
Nov. 5th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oo - Sunday! Yay! Been looking forward to the next chapter since the last one!
bistyboo1974
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Look at you, teasing us AGAIN! Now I can hardly wait until tomorrow . :-D
htbthomas
Nov. 5th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope you won't wait TOO long, because I haven't heard from betty as of 8am EST. :( So maybe this afternoon?
bistyboo1974
Nov. 5th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
*checks watch*

It's quarter after five...

*realizes impatience kills, then keels over*
htbthomas
Nov. 6th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
I didn't get it back until a little while ago. It's on its way!!!
bistyboo1974
Nov. 6th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Praise the Lord! :-D

*twirls until she's dizzy*
dreamers_dh
Nov. 5th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
So many questions!
Where is Lois? Ok. In the office.
Why is she there?
And why she is so strange? No. Strange isn't the right word. She is... I don't know how to describe her behavior. I can only think that this poor little teaser is mean - again.

Hope you can post soonly!
htbthomas
Nov. 5th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
I will endeavor to answer your questions:

Where is Lois? Ok. In the office. Yes, but she is at Deputy Mayor Mitchener's office

Why is she there? She is following up on the lead she got from Leyden.

And why she is so strange? She is play-acting somewhat - trying to get into this woman's good graces to get the story. Lois is a seasoned reporter, and can change her attitude when the situation calls for it.

Does that help?
alamo_girl80
Nov. 5th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
You got embarassed? Hmm.. me thinks I want to know why...*hee!*

Good stuff on the teaser too...makes me want more! More, I tell you!
Gah, I need bed. Badly.
htbthomas
Nov. 5th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Um... I got embarrassed... mostly because I can write the kissing, but start me into having to describe... other things...

Okay, you can see how I stammer, here. But I'm going to keep pressing on, I promise. I need the practice, anyway!

More on Ch. 30 looks like this afternoon. I hope.
kalalanekent
Nov. 5th, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)
Hmmm...I'm with Sean. Sounds just a little like Chloe there, Barbara. I can't wait to read the whole thing.

As to your one-shot, it's great so far. Anissa and I were grinning and laughing, especially when we saw where you cut it off. And the pre-written rating made it even funnier. Sneaky. :) No reason to be embarrassed, you goof. You're good. Then and Now proved that. I just hope that we can sneak that little 'scene' into ours without an M. Because if that doesn't make in, we may have to trim the 'Tylenol PM' scene down. And I don't want to do that. :P Silly woman.*LOL*
htbthomas
Nov. 5th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you were grinning and laughing... that is the mood I want to create there. Total fluff. The ending is hopefully going to cause a guffaw, as well. At least that's my plan.

What do you mean by the "pre-written rating" - the A/N? The fact I'm warning people of the M rating?

And so far, your two little scenes are still T. But the OTHER one you told me about? I guess it depends on how descriptive you get.
kalalanekent
Nov. 6th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Hmmm....

If we keep it as subtle as the current 'scene' you've read all of?
htbthomas
Nov. 6th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
Then it should be fine. :)
mark_clark
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
Everytime I read that, I like it even more. This is very typical of Lois, sometimes she can get to what she needs to do right away and other times, things like that happen. But I know what happens next, so I'm not saying anything more.

You give a good teaser, as always Barbara. I can't wait to see what you have for Happy Couple.
htbthomas
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement, Mark. :)

The Happy Couple one is about half-written, I'd say. And I'll tease a bit with the title: "What's for Dinner?"
elliania
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
and I always wait for mark_clark to be online so he can be the first reviewer - we have an understanding) ghna, Can I be the second one? haha! I'm kidding!!!>
Another great tease, I just can't wait until tomorrow! *cry*
htbthomas
Nov. 5th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
You want to be second? Well, you'd pretty much have to be on IM at the same time. Seriously, here's how it goes:

-Me: On ff.net, about to post...
-Mark: Ready when you are. (He has his review pre-written, since he's already read it, being one of the betas).
-Me: Sent! (The chapter alert hits my inbox)
-Mark: Done! (The review alert hits seconds later)

Believe it or not, before he started pre-writing the reviews, people would beat him to posting first!

And the chapter will go up TODAY sometime. I hope this afternoon.
elliania
Nov. 5th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Hum... I don't have IM, but I will!!! haha! *wink*
Mark is really lucky! But wow, ffnet is really fast now! I remembered when it took a whole day! ¬¬ Eww!
Today?! OOhhh!! I do vote for having it today! haha!
**smooches**
mark_clark
Nov. 6th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, I am really lucky. Barbara is a really good friend for doing that for me.
elliania
Nov. 6th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
well, at least, you know you are lucky! lol and yes, I do know: i'm a bit jealous! *wink* ^-^
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